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In this course, photographer and author Jan Kabili walks you through importing, organizing, and finding your photos using the Organizer in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. The course covers importing photos from your camera and computer; reviewing and evaluating photos; tagging images with ratings, keywords, people, and places; working with files and folders; and creating and organizing albums. Jan also shows how to find images with metadata and in the timeline, and how to apply instant photo fixes and Quick Edit image adjustments.
One of the main reasons to organize your photos using any of the features that I have shown you in this course is so that you can put your finger on the photos you are looking for later. And the Organizer offers lots of search options that you can use for that purpose. I want to make sure that you know all of the various search options available, and then we'll look at some of those in more depth in other movies in this chapter. As you go through this chapter, you may find that the results you are getting for your searches are slightly different than mine, depending on which movies you've worked through in this course. But that's okay because the principles will be the same.
So let's start by looking the Find menu here at the top of the Organizer. The Find menu gathers together all the different search features so that you can access them from here. Now some of these, like Advanced Search, you can access from other places, too. We took a look at Advanced Search earlier in the movies on Keyword Tagging and People Tagging. One of the most powerful options in the Find menu, is the ability to Search By Details or Metadata associated with photos. And we'll be looking at that in more detail in this chapter. From this menu, you can choose to search by Media Type.
So if I had video clips or audio clips in this catalog, I could choose to search just for those from here. You can search the history of items in a catalog; so if you wanted to see just items that you imported to a catalog on a particular day, you could use the Imported On option here. Or you could find photos that you've printed on a particular day, or photos you've used in particular projects. If you've added captions or notes to photos or other items in your catalog, you can search by those from the By Caption or Note command. You can search specifically by Filename.
Earlier in the course, I showed you how to reconnect missing files. If you wanted to just see all your missing files, you can choose All Missing Files from this menu. If you've combined photos into vers ion sets, as I showed you earlier in the course when we were talking about making quick edits from Full Screen View, you can access all your version sets here. Or if you've stacked related photos together, also as I showed you earlier in the course, you can access all your stacks here. Visual searches are a powerful way to find similar photos.
We'll be looking at visual searches in more depth in this chapter. Here, if you have some items with unknown dates or time, you can isolate those. If you're in the process of keyword tagging your files, and you have some that you haven't tagged yet, you can see just the untagged items here; which can come in really handy, because you'll know what you have left to tag. And here, you can look for items that the organizer hasn't yet analyzed for features like people recognition. And down here, if you're in the process of making albums and you want to see just the photos that aren't yet in an album, you can access those items from this command.
So there's a lot of power in the Find menu. Now let's take a look over here at the Search box, which is also a powerful general search feature. If I start typing text in this box, the organizer will immediately suggest files that match that text. Whether the matching text is in Filenames, in Metadata, in Captions, in Notes, pretty much any place that text appears here in the Organizer. So for example, if I start typing, train, even before I finished typing the word, the organizer is suggesting an event that I created earlier in the course, of photos from a train ride.
And it returns those in response to even this partial word. If I want to cancel that search and go back and see all my photos, I'll click the Back button here. So that's a quick overview of the various search features that you'll find here in the organizer. Now let's take a closer look at some of the most powerful of those features.
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